This is the spectacular moment all 14 doors of the Panama Canal dam are opened, to mitigate flooding caused by Hurricane Otto.
The dam is on Lake Gatun, an artificial lake to the south of the port city of Colon on the Caribbean sea.
It has been opened to avoid the canal and surrounding villages from flooding and is the first time in four years that the 14 doors have been opened at the same time.
The equivalent of two Olympic-sized swimming pools of water pour through the gates every second.
The man taking the video is frighteningly close to the roaring waters but seems to know what he is doing, saying: “This is another wonderful thing that my work allows me to see.”
The equivalent of two Olympic-sized swimming pools of water pour through the 14 gates of the Panama Canal dam every second. They were opened so nearby villages would not flood
Jorge Luis Quijano, manager of the Panama Canal, revealed the plan to open all 14 doors on social media.
Traffic on nearby roads was stopped for four hours as a precautionary measure, leading to some complaints about the delays.
The man standing by the roaring waters to film the footage says it’s ‘a wonderful thing to see’
One man wrote: “A lot of people have to go to work, people have to transport products and we have to wait here.”
Hurricane Otto is proving a serious problem for areas it has affected, with three people reported killed in Panama, including a boy killed when a tree fell on him. It is forecast to strike Costa Rica and Nicaragua next.
The storm packed 75 mile and hour winds and heavy rains.